Healthcare Plan Comparison
The NY Times has put together an online comparison of the different healthcare plans proposed by the Senate and the House of Representatives.
For those who wish to understand what is really being planned it is a nice interactive chart which you can use to compare different aspects of each plan including cost, how many are left uncovered, who and how each is paid for (upon reading this post the helpless will throw up their hands in discust and tell you that you will pay without reading the link first).
Notably, HR676, Medicare for All is not included in their analysis. It's proponents claim it will save $450 billion each year, not have a cost over ten years as the Trillion dollar cost of the Senate plan is estimated. Because the Times is so far right it will not include an analysis of HR676 I will supply some basic information. but there is more here. www.pnhp.org Please read their FAQ's before you ask me.
Cost. None. Actually a savings of $450 billion/year.
Who pays. The insurance industry. $450 bil is enough to cover everybody in the country and train the Doctors and Nurses to provide it.
Coverage. All US citizens, including the fat, the deadbeats, the lazy, the unemployed, the uneducated, the injured, the sick, the bigoted, the racist, the angry, the rightys, the leftys, real America, unreal America, the engineers, the bankers, the investment managers, the Doctors, the nurses, the carpenters, the mechanics, the plumbers, the students, the retired, the old, the weak, the strong, the healthy, the teachers, the police, the drillers, the welders, the assemblers, the bench testers, the truckers,the railroad, the prisoners, the wealthy, the deserving, the undeserving, the butchers, the farmers, the framers, the ranchers, the clerks, the pharmacists, the machinests, the politicians, the house cleaners, the surveyors, the roofers, the road crew, the masons, the lumberjacks, the lumberjanes, the marketers, the free marketeers, the socialists, the news crew, the newscaster, the maintainance crew, the architect, the shipbuilder, the secretary, the pilot, the realtor, the salesmen, the drunk , the sober, the carpet layer, the carpetbagger,... etc.
Coverage. Medically neccessary. 100%
I understand the concern about a centralized Gov't power. We aren't close to that. We have a centralized Gov't weakling. National Medicare for All is my second choice. My first is a Public option to buy into Medicare combined with legislation that confirms a States right to self determine a single payer State program and the option of buying into medicare to create that program.